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Old 04-05-2018, 12:18 PM   #321
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Thanks Silver novice. I was tinking along the same lines but with cheap wire. Will have to look to see what fits.
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:23 AM   #322
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Progress on the Diesel Shunter.
I glued the front of the cab sides in position and pair Ted the internal features of the cab. I should have fitted the little control switches which are represented as pins. Hopefully I will have the room to do this later.
After all that work on the steps, I've removed them, BUT I will support them and glue them back on. The reason for their removal is that my steps didn't line up with the cab doors. I've not glued the sides to the cab floor as yet as I need them to be slightly flexible ready for accurate alignment when I fit the back of the cab.
Its not a lot of progress, I know, but at least it is progress of sorts!
(I'm switching back and fore between this and the waggon builds at the moment amongst other things! Also this is the second cab internal paint. The first looked OK, but it was rescued paint which after being dry, came off when I touched it, so it was a scrub down and dry before trying different paint which is a different colour then I'd origionally tried).
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Old 10-05-2018, 10:00 PM   #323
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Skipping back to the waggons... The waggons seemed a little tall which may mean the loads are a bit on the heavy side for my little people to tip. After some measuring and comparing with other waggons I have, it is perfectly feaseable to cut the body in half and make a second waggon using parts previously removed from each farmyard box. This is good as it reduced the cost of the body to about 42 pence per waggon if I excluded all the other parts needed for the build, which isn't too bad in today's economic climate. See what you think. Here I show the waggon and the parts ready to make a second waggon.
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Old 11-05-2018, 01:10 PM   #324
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A few more photos of the waggons under construction... Also showing what the waggon size is like when next to other waggons.
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Turning back to the diesel. I need to finish the internal cab details before I glue the back of the cab in place.
Once glued in place I will sand the back of the cab flush with the bufferbeams. Mind you. I could sand it now. I can then set it back slightly. I chose to sand this piece rather then shorten the cab sides, as to sand the back is easier to get a nicer end result.
Though my alterations have been many, I like this kit and its adaptability. It does add much work to fit a different chassis to it, but I think it is well worth the effort for something different, as to watch con rods move with the external frames will really make this model look the part. And I also have a full cab with no protruding motor.

Note. The pins in the cab will be cut to represent toggle switches. I didnt cut earlier as they were glueing.
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Controls fitted. Floor and controls/dials painted.
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Now back to the waggons.
Picture one. Testing colours... Black. Too fresh looking. Well. Though the paint is still wet, it is too new looking.
Picture two. The distressed look. You know when you paint something and your fingers seem to touch the paint? Well, this is what happens to the paint when you do this a great many times! I won't show you the state of my fingers, or anything else I touched.
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The Diesel.
More work on it done. The rear cab piece has been cut and sanded to size. The cab is now built up and the window surrounds painted black. The windows are in though with slightly frosted edges. I tend to not be the cleanest worker when it comes to windows, but frosted edges is very much part of the prototype look. Many times trains I've worked have the same effect so I'm not too concerned. As long as it doesn't later frost in the middles of the windows, though this also happened on the prototype on occasions! Though I dont want my train crew to drive if they can't see. I know the window surrounds are messy. I'm going to correct this later when I add the outer paintwork.
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Old 20-05-2018, 01:17 PM   #329
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Great scratchbuilding!

Are you using superglue on the windows? Thats well known for frosting or fogging clear parts. I use PVA white glue

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Thanks Wolfie. Is actually kitbashing with the diesel build. The waggons are closely described as scratchbuilding.
Yes. I'm going to have to use different glue on the windows in future. No matter how careful one is, there is always a window that one has to reposition which makes things worse!
There is one make of superglue which does not frost, but it price at over 5 a bottle (Probably more like 7 by now) is why I dont use it. I buy 1 a bottle glue. It has to be a runny type superglue for resin. That way one can glue parts where the parts are already "Tack glued" in place. The glue then gets sucked into position with any gaps. Gel superglue dont do this.
I'm enjoying building these.
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